Maralyn + Matthew | Married | Birmingham, Alabama

Maralyn and Matthew married one another at the Historic Alabama Theater on a beautiful Saturday in June.  Their day was full of joy, raw emotion, and lots of appreciation and respect for family.  You may remember their engagement session, which included Maralyn’s son, Ethan, who was then 12, but is now a full-fledged teenager.  I remember how important it was to both Maralyn and Matthew that Ethan be a part of the session — she even asked for a second sneak peek that included him.  They recognize that their marriage is a joining of 3 lives and made sure that Ethan was also a special part of their wedding day.  I have tremendous respect for this couple… it takes a real man to raise a child as his own.  Matthew and I have known one another since our days at Carolina, and even though we weren’t super-close friends then, I am proud of the person he has become.

Big thanks to Elizabeth Ann of Elizabeth Ann Studios for keeping me company and shooting along-side me.

Maralyn and Matthew’s wedding included a cord of three strands ceremony.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”  The braiding of the ropes symbolizes the union of God, the husband and wife. Beautiful, huh?

Maralyn danced with her son, Ethan, at the start of the reception.  I am going to go ahead and admit that my mommy gene got the best of me… I almost lost it. It was such a special and memorable moment…

…and then Matthew danced with his mom.   Seeing both ends of the spectrum of love — a mother for a her son; a son for his mother… so special.

And then this happened!! TOTALLY unexpected.. no more tears here. Get it, Maralyn!!

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  1. Tiki Merritt Curry says:

    Your attention to detail is impeccable! Loving the son’s expression of joy! How awesome is it when the kids are just as happy and in love as the couple! Beautiful family and wish them well and many blessings. Great job Elle!

  2. Leslie Blakely says:

    Just beautiful…

  3. Tamara Lee says:

    Absolutely beautiful….Agree with Tiki Merritt Curry.

  4. Sara Ward says:

    OMG! With each wedding post, I get more and more (anxious) excited! The dress for the maids – LOVE! The 3-cord ceremony – LOVE ( a nod to creative minds.. *wink wink)! The fact that we can SEE the love without even knowing this couple – LOVE!

  5. Tricia Michelle says:

    Isn’t she isn’t she the most beautiful bride in the world… Congratulations to my sister and brother in law. I wish you all a lifetime of happiness. What an awesome job Elle Danielle!

  6. Kunya Jones says:

    These pictures capture so much emotion!

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